Red Cross not meant for doctors, hospitals: DAK

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Srinagar, Feb 28:  With authorities in Kashmir directing hospitals to paint Red Cross signs on the rooftops of their buildings, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday said hospitals and doctors should abandon use of Red Cross as it does not belong to them.
The reaction by the DAK comes after all government hospitals in Kashmir valley were directed to paint red-cross signs on the rooftops of the buildings in view of escalation in tension between India and Pakistan.
“Red Cross is not meant for doctors and hospitals,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan.
“Most hospitals, medical colleges, clinics, pharmacies, professional bodies, prescriptions and medical journals use this logo,” he said, adding that “the car windshields of many doctors feature this symbol prominently as a badge of prestige and honor.”
Dr Hassan said the very emblem we flaunt as an insignia of our profession is a false symbol and has nothing to do with the noble art of healing. “This has created confusion among people who see Red Cross representing the health care which it does not,” he said.
The DAK president said Red Cross symbol is patented for International Committee of Red Cross (ICRS) and is protected under the Geneva Convention of 1949. “Under the provisions of law, unauthorized use of Red Cross is a punishable offence. Besides the vehicles and goods on which the sign has been used are liable to be seized,” he added.
Dr Hassan said it is unfortunate that doctors and hospitals are using Red Cross when they have their own logos. “The rod with one serpent entwined is the symbol of health and medicine. This Greek origin emblem has much deeper spiritual meaning and is the perfect reminder of well being. The symbol depicts the dual nature of the work of the physician who deals with the life and death, sickness and health,” he said.
“For hospital there is ‘H’ in white against blue background and for pharmacy there is the green cross. For ambulance there is a rod with one snake against blue background,” he added.

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